A genetically modified apple that won’t turn brown

December 3rd, 2010 - 3:48 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Dec 3 (IANS) A Canadian biotech has come up with a genetically modified apple that does not turn brown after it is sliced.

The apple variety, which is being marketed as ‘Arctic,’ has had the genes responsible for producing the enzyme that induces browning switch-off.

Neal Carter, president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits, said: “They look like apple trees and grow like apple trees and produce apples that look like all other apples and when you cut them, they don’t turn brown,” reports the Daily Mail.

Carter said that growers replant orchards all the time and the company aims to have growers plant the apples in large blocks so that cross pollination is minimised, according to an Okanagan statement.

Carter said he is confident the fruit will not harm the environment and he’s submitted paperwork to the US department of agriculture to prove his point.

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